COLUMBIA (WACH) - After a week of sparkle and strutting their stuff, South Carolina's two leading ladies have been named.
Hope Harvard of Easley is now Miss South Carolina Teen 2014.
"I'm just so excited to be here and I'm so honored to carry the title of Miss South Carolina Teen 2014." says Hope.
Lanie Hudson of Anderson took home the crown to be named Miss South Carolina.
"I'm so honored to stand here as Miss South Carolina. I think I'm still in tears. I'm truly honored and thankful for this opportunity to serve South Carolina." Lanie says.
Beautiful gifts from pageant sponsors were given to both ladies during their first official appearance.
While the gifts certainly brought a smile, both ladies couldn't wait to discuss the causes that will be near to their hearts this upcoming year.
Hope's platform is called Giving Hope.
It's an organization that brings communities together by writing letters to children whose parents are deployed in the military.
"I started it when I was 5 years old, when I was watching the Today Show with my mom. And I saw a family of four kids and both of their parents were deployed. And I wrote them a letter of encouragement to just tell them how brave they were and how I admired them." Hope explains.
Giving Hope then gained steam when Hope got children at her school on board and eventually the entire town of Easley.
She's even had two "Days of Hope", one in Lyman and one in Easley, and hopes to eventually reach the entire state.
"I worked with the town council and the Dream Center, a community center in Easley. We reached over 7,000 people. We had 7 community service projects and over 40 volunteers, most of whom were under 18 years old." says Hope.
Then Lanie discussed her cause, The Gift of a Lifetime.
"It has been my goal to help educate South Carolinians about the importance of being an organ and tissue donor. As a state ambassador for Donate Life South Carolina since 2007, I've been working to help increase the number of donors on our registry. Currently, South Carolina only has 20% of registered donors. So with my new partnership with Governor Nikki Haley and the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is my goal to increase that to 40% by the end of 2014." says Lanie.
Both worthy causes these ladies hope to push forward during their time as representatives for South Carolina.